First team players

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goalkeepers

Theo Richardson - goalkeeper 

Lincoln-based, highly-rated young ‘keeper signed in the summer of 2021. Theo came through the academy set-ups at a number of League clubs, including Nottingham Forest, Aston Villa and Leeds United before joining Manchester United in the summer of 2017, where he was trained by former Bucks ‘keeper Chris Backhouse. He joined Grantham Town in August 2018 before moving to Cleethorpes Town the following December where he signed a two-year contract. Theo went on loan to Conference National side Kings Lynn Town in March 2021, making 18 appearances in the remainder of the season.

defenders

Nathan Fox - defender

Left-sided Leicester-based defender who signed for Buxton in the summer of 2021 from Alfreton Town. Nathan came through as a scholar at Notts County, making his first team debut in December 2009 v Darlington. He joined Corby Town in the summer of 2012 and spent the majority of the following season on loan at Kettering Town. After a short period at Rugby Town, he spent the 2014/15 season at Stamford before turning out for Slough Town, Rushall Olympic, Coalville Town, Sutton Coldfield Town and Redditch United. He played under Gary Hayward at Hednesford in 2018/19 season before helping Kings Lynn Town to the National North League title the following season. Moved to Alfreton in 2020.

Ben Middleton - defender

Versatile defender signed from Grantham Town who is equally at home at right-back or centre-half. Ben came through the junior set-up at Doncaster Rovers before moving to North Ferriby United, Scarborough and then on to Harrogate Town in 2017. Had a brief loan spell here at Buxton, making 4 appearances, before transferring to Boston United after two loan stints the following year. Joined Grantham Town in the summer of 2020, being signed by former Bucks manager Martin McIntosh. 

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Matt Curley - defender 

Matt signed for the Bucks in February 2020 in a ‘swap’ deal with Hednesford Town and made an immediate impact with a goal on debut against Gainsborough Trinity. Signed primarily as a right-back, Matt is a versatile player and has enjoyed playing in various positions for Romulus and Sutton Coldfield before joining Tamworth in 2017 and then Hednesford Town, linking up with current Buxton boss Gary Hayward.

Ben Turner - defender 

Experienced defender signed from Notts County in July 2021. Ben was a youngster at Sporting Boys in Warwickshire before signing and progressing through the junior ranks at Coventry City, making his senior debut in August 2006. He enjoyed loan periods at Peterborough United and Oldham Athletic before making 72 league starts and scoring 4 goals for Coventry. In 2011 he transferred for a fee to Cardiff City, where he spent five seasons, with the highlights being a goal in the League Cup final against Liverpool in 2012 and winning promotion to the Premiership in 2013. He had a loan spell back at Coventry in 2015, following injury, and moved on to newly promoted Championship side Burton Albion in the summer of 2016. After 2 and half seasons at Burton he moved briefly to Mansfield Town before transferring to Notts County in July 2019. Ben represented the England Under 19 side in 2007.

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josh granite - defender 

A powerful defender signed from Barrow in the summer of 2020. Josh started his career at Woodley Sports and represented Sheffield and Hallam Universities before signing for Mossley in the summer of 2014. After a season he joined Trafford before moving to Ashton United in 2017 and then on to Barrow where he was club captain as they regained their league status in 2020 as winners of the Conference National League.

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james hurst - defender 

‘Hursty’ came through the junior ranks at West Bromwich Albion but moved to Portsmouth on a scholarship in 2008. Following a loan period in Iceland at iBV he moved back to West Brom in 2010, making his first team debut in a League Cup quarter-final at Ipswich Town. He had loan spells at Blackpool, Shrewsbury (twice), Chesterfield and Birmingham City before returning to Iceland to sign for Valur in May 2013. James joined Crawley Town later that summer but returned to Valur the following season after a loan spell at Northampton Town. He spent the 14/15 season at Hednesford Town before signing for Torquay United and then AFC Telford United following a loan stint at Guiseley. James moved to Dover in January 2017, then on to Wrexham the following summer and has had brief spells at Nuneaton Borough, Relling United, Sutton Coldfield Town with a return to Hednesford Town before signing for the Bucks in August 2020. He has represented England at Under 16s, Under 17s and Under 18s.

midfielders

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Chris Dawson- midfield

A former Wales under 21 international who was a product of the Leeds United academy rising up to make a number of First team appearances. He signed for Rotherham United in 2016 and was loaned to Viking FK in Norway. Following serious injury he signed for Scarborough, helping them win promotion to the Northern Premier League before spending the 2018/19 season at Bradford Park Avenue. He was loaned to Grantham Town from January 2019 before returning to Scarborough the following summer and was one of three players to make the move from ‘Borough to Buxton in July 2020.

Ben Milnes - midfield

Diminutive midfielder signed from Kettering Town in the summer of 2021. Ben started his career with Leicester City, rising through their ranks, before transferring to Boston United and earning contracts until 2014. He then played NPL football for Corby Town before moving to Kettering Town in 2017 where he earned promotion to the Conference North.

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warren clarke - midfield 

Young midfielder signed in September 2019. Warren came through the ranks at Sheffield Wednesday FC and signed his first pro contract with the Owls in 2017 where he stayed for 2 seasons. Picked up an injury early in his Bucks career but bounced back in spectacular fashion to finish the curtailed 2019/20 season in great form, winning several man-of-the-match awards’.

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Tom Elliot - midfield 

Made an immediate impression on the Buxton 'faithful' with an impressive debut against Lancaster City in early December 2019 following his transfer from Hednesford Town. Tom initially emerged as a talent at Worksop Town before signing for Nuneaton Town in 2016. He followed then-manager Tommy Wright to Darlington, making over 40 appearances for 'The Quakers' before signing for Hednesford in the summer of 2019. He was the first signing made by Gary Hayward when he joined the Bucks as manager and made 14 appearances that season, scoring twice.

Lindon Meikle - midfield 

Attacking wide man who joined the Bucks from Tamworth in June 2021. Lindon started his playing career at Vernon Colts before coming through the junior set-up at Eastwood Town and making his first team debut at the age of just 16 in 2004. He helped Eastwood to two promotions through the NPL in 2007 and 2009 and following two seasons in the Conference North he moved on to Mansfield Town (following manager Paul Cox), then a Conference Premier team, in 2011. Promotion was earned with Mansfield, and he spent one season in the Football League with ‘the Stags’ before moving on to league rivals York City in 2014. After one season at York he spent the 2015/16 season at Macclesfield Town and Alfreton Town before reuniting with Cox again at Barrow. After one season at Barrow, including a loan spell at Southport, he moved on to Kettering Town where he spent three seasons and made over 100 league appearances before signing for Tamworth in 2020. Lindon has played 4 times for the England ‘C’ side.

strikers

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diego de girolamo - forward

Former Italian Under 18s, Under 19s and Under 20s international who joined the Bucks in July 2018. Diego came through the junior ranks at Sheffield United before earning a professional contract and making several first team appearances for ‘the Blades’. His career at Bramall Lane was hindered by an injury picked up on Under 18 International duty that ruled him out for nine months in 2013. He enjoyed a loan spell at York City before returning to Sheffield where he scored his first goal for the Blades in a FA Cup tie against Preston North End. Two further loan spells at York and one at Northampton Town followed before signing for Bristol City in the summer of 2016. He went on loan to Cheltenham in January 2017, scoring a hat-trick in the EFL Trophy against Leicester City Under 23’s, and a further loan period was spent at Chesterfield in the first half of the 2017/18 season. He spent the remainder of that season at Macclesfield Town, netting a dozen times in 24 (14) appearances in 2018/19 season but really found his scoring boots in 2019/20 season with 27 goals in 31 (4) matches, earning him the supporters’ Player of the Year award.

Ash Chambers - forward

Another new addition when signing from Brackley Town in June 2021. Ash came through the junior ranks at his home-town club Leicester City, where he became the youngest ever player to make a debut for ‘the Foxes’ in 2005, at the age of just 15 years and 203 days, when he came off the bench in a League Cup tie against Blackpool. He was with Leicester until 2011 spending loan stints at Wycombe Wanderers, Grimsby Town and York City, and it was York where he signed when leaving ‘the Foxes’ in the summer of 2011. He helped York win the FA Trophy and the Conference play-off final in 2012, both at Wembley, scoring in the play-off match against Luton Town. Was top scorer the following season as York returned to league two and was then signed by Cambridge United in January 2014, helping them to win the Conference play-off final and return to the Football League. Ash then signed a two-year contract at Dagenham and Redbridge in the summer of 2014 before joining Grimsby Town in 2016, He joined Nuneaton Town, following a loan period, in May 2017 and enjoyed a good goalscoring season before moving to Kidderminster Harriers the following season and then to Brackley in the summer of 2020. He has played for England at every level from Under 16’s to Under 19’s as well as playing for the England ‘C’ side in 2011.